Developer: Hellmansoft

Current Version: 4.4.2

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 6 MB - Download


*** Featured by Apple as a New and Noteworthy App in the Mac App Store (Oct 20th, 2011) ***
Planbook is lesson planning software for the Mac. Designed by an educator for other educators, Planbook lets you plan lessons, attach handouts and web links to lessons, track lesson standards and even (using the included, free, service) easily create web pages for your students, their parents and other educators

Planbook has dozens of features to make your teaching life easier:

* Enter up to 15 classes a day, 25 classes total using a schedule that matches your school's schedule. Planbook can handle rotating schedules, A/B schedules and more with ease.

* Insert custom days into your schedule to accommodate all the unforeseen changes to our schedules.

* Quickly bump lessons forward or pull lessons back to deal with changes in a lesson.

* Attach files and web sites directly to your lessons.

* Print nicely formatted reports for subs, administrators, absent students and others who might need them.

* Sync your plans to the free website for your own, or your students' use.

* Easily track standards

* Much, Much More.


Release Notes:

Fixes an issue related to daylight savings time in November 2015.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.6.5
Review by MrsMcG

ESSENTIAL! - Without Planbook, I don't know how I'd get through a year of teaching 9 sections/5 preps in one piece! If a lesson doesn't go quite as planned and I need to adjust the plan for the next class meeting, I can modify it on the fly and update my PlanbookConnect page so my students have the most up to date information. I am able to include pdf's of handouts and links to online assessments in that plans that I sync up so that kids who are absent can check online and find out what they missed in class. The developer's quick responses and thoughtful attention to feature requests can't be beat.

Found helpful by 24 out of 25 people
Version 4.4.2
Review by PinkyChai

WHAT THE HECK?????? - I have the updated version of Planbook and I’m trying to get ready for the new school year and suddenly in mid November, it decides I don’t teach on Mondays and that I teach classes on days in which they don’t meet. I tried fixing this by adjusting course times and the program would not allow me to do so. I could only adjust the schedule by fixing each day individually. I do not have time to do this for every day from November to June nor should I have to. I set up new planbooks and each one did this- changing the scheudle and getting rid of Monday in November through June. This is completely ridiculous and unacceptable. I cannot use this program now, obviously, and will have to shop around for a new one. I will not recommend Planbook to anyone.

Found helpful by 17 out of 17 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 4.4.2
Review by Familylife5

I Agree With What The Heck - I have used this program for 5 years now. It’s changing times in the middle of the week and I haven’t done anything to cause it. I go to “assign class times” to fix it and it won’t let me. It’s picking random times by itself. I don’t even have a class that starts at 11:07 am or 12:00 am. If this doesn’t get fixed soon, I’m looking for a new program.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 4.4.2
Review by EvaSz88

Where are my Mondays? - I have the same problem as everyone - Mondays in November through April state they do not have classes scheduled. I also have the rest of the days completely mixed up on the weeks that miss Mondays. This is unacceptable and just as everyone else said I have no time to deal with this while at the same time I need my Planbook NOW. I emailed Jeff a couple of days ago asking to fix this and I hope for a prompt update with a solution. I am going to start looking for a different App soon if this is not resolved within a few days. I have so many good plans to reuse on my previous files that it will be a shame but what else to do?

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 4.4.2
Review by Natashallen

Life changing… until the update - When I discovered Planbook a few years ago, it was life changing. My lesson planning became so much less labor intensive. I taught 21 different classes of elementary school music. Much of the lesson could be copied and pasted, but it made it so much easier to type in quickly where we were in the plan or if our lesson veered. We were on a 4 day rotation, and it was wonderful. Just this year an update came… and it was never the same. The day function will never work properly, requiring many steps to get the correct schedule to show up on the correct day. This nuisance has made the program nearly useless. It takes more time to fix the daily schedule than it takes to write the lesson plan out. I’ve tried several online planbook programs, and none of them have been equal to the original Planbook. I’m so sad that it’s being ignored. I just ordered a planbook that is a hard copy. Back to the old way I suppose.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 4.4.2
Review by Guy_Brarian

Too Frustrating!!! - I really want to use this program, and I really want to like it — but it’s cockroach city — bug, after bug, after bug. I’ve spent hours trying to just get my classes set up, and I realize now I should just have cut and paste into a word doc, not to mention the actual class work I still have to do after wasting my time on this. I get one thing working, and then another part goes wonky. How am I supposed to try to export this to show my administration my plans when it doesn’t recognize what days of the week I teach? Why have buttons that are dead links? Just how many times do I have to put in the time I teach a class? If I don’t add my entire schedule perfectly at the start, I can’t go back and add more later? Really? How many secret pathways do I have to figure out to just go back and make notes on what happened in class yesterday so I’ll remember it next term? For those of us trying to promote technology in our schools — this thing sets us back. It confirms the worst fears many teachers have, that it’s all bells and whistles and more trouble than it’s worth. And don’t even get me started on trying to convince admin to promote more digital use while they continue to generate more paper for me to push around. Another forest dead for paper that just gets tossed after it’s looked at. Arrrrggggghhhh. I can’t believe Apple even allows this app to be sold; I thought they had an intensive review process.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 4.4.2
Review by Mikemalone62

Common Core Standards Not Inclulde - They have you believe that common core standards are included but they are not. They tell you to go to this web site which does help you out on downloading the statards into a CVS file. What for, you are unable to import it. Spent 4hrs trying to figure it out. I would say that I am computer savy, but this program is a pain in you know what.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people